My drug-dealing neighbour tried to kill me. Then my super “Christian” landlords (for both of us) wouldn’t return my deposit and rent (but took money from my attacker’s friend and told me that I shouldn’t have interfered) – that’s with lawyers now. Two cops threatened to arrest me and never placed evidence into Evidence, an example of corruption or gross ineptitude that persisted several times. I may have had an apology from higher-ups in the SAP, and gotten the case into the chief prosecutor’s hands, but it is a battle that, for the past 5 weeks, has left me without a home (I’m sleeping on a bed in a mate’s kitchen) and no stability to find business in very tough times. I’ll write about all in detail but, first, need to get advice on exactly what can be said without jeopardizing the case. Suffice to say that life is incredibly tough!
But there’s still much to chat about as riots find fever in burning businesses and apathetic politicians. Politicians are certainly a reoccurring theme of mine, especially in the latest blogs. Wouldn’t it be a great step forward if politicians had to submit their CV. In smaller towns such as Knysna, (where i stay) and Plettenberg Bay, politicians have backgrounds that inspire little faith. In fact, becoming a politician or a municipal worker are amongst the few ways to gain economic stability or success – the salaries are totally disproportionate to what the average salary is. So they run on platforms of colloquial hate e.g. The ANC Sucks, Vote DA / The DA Sucks, Vote ANC but none run on who they are and what they can offer! It’s a sad state of affairs promoting hopelessness through ineffective leaders leading for their salaries instead of us, the people. It’s the main reason why the Garden Route is so incredibly screwed up right now.
THE LIZARDS OF DEMOCRACY
More riots in South Africa. This time Grabouw and Heidelberg. Around the corner from my hometown of Knysna, Kranshoek erupts only to be followed by the roaring monster that Plettenberg Bay has become. How many times must businesses be burnt down or the N2 closed before politicians start listening to the masses who are frustrated by their election lies?
Each time ugly violence or idiotic rhetoric raises its arse on the Garden Route I’m tempted to repeat that the biggest problems in our country should not result in an ANC versus DA, or vice versa, blame game. Politicians need to stop pointing fingers at the opposition and instead use both hands to help the people they were elected to serve. Unfortunately, their level of education seems to only enable them to count up to that one finger which serves not only as misdirection (and a refusal to accept responsibility) but a telling “fuck you” to the public…
Read the rest of the blog at www.knysnakeep.org/the-lizards-of-democracy.
[Although this refers to the riots several weeks ago, the info applies to the latest round of conflict]
Mahatma Gandhi: “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
The past 2 days have had rocks and burning tires express the dissatisfaction of the poor of Qolweni, a growing shack community in Plettenberg Bay.
Most won’t know where Qolweni is. It’s not even marked on Google Maps. But if you’re a resident of the Garden Route, or a traveller passing through, it’s impossible to miss. Entering Plettenberg Bay (coming from Knysna), shoddy “houses” (pieced together from whatever can be found) line the left-hand side of the N2 highway and stretch inland.
Facts are hard to come by so I’ve tried to piece together an outline from several sources – www.knysnakeep.org/riots-in-plettenberg-bay-n2-closed.
ONLY THE SOUTH AFRICAN PUBLIC CAN SAVE ITSELF
The South African police are corrupt and incompetent. The media have sold their soul to advertizers instead of the pursuit of truth. Politicians make promises that, after the election, become lies – their fake policies and self-enrichment transcending their duty to the public (the victim). Megacorporations work hand in hand with them, hurting instead of helping, ensuring that education and food is delivered at a price that costs far too much.
Worse, the public make opinions of others based on race instead of fact, thus becoming its own assailant, a criminal destroyer of itself, a willing victim to the DA and ANC, South Africa’s foremost political parties, who use their bias and racial classification against them. Skills and potential are more important than the colour of our skins. Who we are is more important than what we are…
Read the rest of the blog at www.knysnakeep.org/only-the-south-african-public-can-save-itself.
OH NO, LAUREN WARING BECOMES KNYSNA’S MUNICIPAL MANAGER
For the past 6 months, since Knysna Municipal Manager, Johnny Douglas, got “kicked out” (along with a golden handshake courtesy of the taxpayer…but without our permission), I’ve regularly said in conversation that Acting Municipal Manager, Lauren Waring, would (not should) become permanent in that position. Lauren Waring is neck-deep with the DA, particularly Deputy Mayor Michelle Wasserman and Mayor Georlene Wolmarans. She’s a liar too (i caught her out in a Ward meeting with a lie worth millions – at the same meeting she attempted to make Ward 10 follow her agenda for the next 5 years instead of more important issues such as crime, unemployment, tourism and pollution of the Knysna Estuary).
Read the blog at www.knysnakeep.org/oh-no-lauren-waring-becomes-knysna-municipal-manager.
HELEN ZILLE: TO PRAISE OR NOT PRAISE?
The past month has witnessed cracks in the infallibility facade of Helen Zille, leader of the DA. My regular readers will know that I was a critic long before that (Dear Helen, Is the DA Rotten?), not only because she hasn’t held the Knysna DA accountable but also because the Garden Route seems to be ruled from Cape Town – there’s very little democracy to be found in the “Democratic Alliance”. On a purely personal level, I feel absolutely let-down by her. The bigger political war between the DA and the ANC does not care for the “little people” (us, the public, as we are treated).
Read the rest of the blog at www.knysnakeep.org/helen-zille-to-praise-or-not-to-praise.
May you all keep safe until next time!